What do you know about us as an organisation?

  | James Innes

What do you know about us as an organisation?

Alternative and related questions:

What is your impression of our organisation?
Why do you want to work for this organisation?

The meaning behind the question:

The interviewer wants to make sure you’ve done your homework, that you really understand what their organisation is all about – and that you consequently have a realistic expectation of what it would be like to work for such an organisation. While they’re not going to be deliberately fishing for compliments they will want to ensure that you do have a positive impression of their organisation. Why do you want to work for them in particular?

Your answer:

In the previous chapter we covered the closely related question, “Why do you want to work for this organisation?” The difference with this question is the greater emphasis you need to place on what you know about the organisation rather than why you want to work for their organisation in particular.

Spell out to the interviewer the key points you know about their organisation – and how you come to know this, for example because you’ve researched their website, because you’ve read about them in the newspaper, etc. But don’t go into excessive detail.

Make sure you put a positive spin on any points you raise and, if at all possible, communicate how you feel you are well suited to working for such an organisation.

Avoid saying anything negative or bringing up any bad press, etc. that the organisation may have had.


I’ve naturally done some research into your organisation so as to ensure that I fully understand what kind of organisation I would be working for. I read on your website that your sales levels have grown at an average of 25% year on year for the past five years and that you are now working on your expansion into the United States. You’re clearly a very progressive organisation and that’s exactly what I’m looking for. I want to work for an organisation which doesn’t stand still, which is expanding and taking on new and interesting challenges. I’ve also read a lot of customer comments on various third party websites and the quality of your service is clearly very impressive.

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